Ferry PTO Volunteer Opportunities
The Ferry PTO is in need of your help as a volunteer. It has become increasingly difficult to find volunteers to fill many of the PTO positions. Below is a list of the positions needing volunteers throughout the school year.
If you have any interest in volunteering for a position (or two), contact any of the PTO Board Members for more information.
President – (1 person or 2 Co-Presidents, time commitment varies each week, but averages out to 1 to 2 hours a week). Responsible for running monthly meetings, being the main PTO contact person for parents and staff, help recruit new members, help with any positions not filled by a parent volunteer, keep current on all PTO activities (committees, events, etc.), review Treasurer’s reports, retain all records, help new volunteers with their position, provide assistance for incoming President.
Vice-President – (1 person, time commitment varies each week, but averages 1 hour a week). Responsible for running monthly meeting if President is not present, be a secondary PTO contact person for parents and staff, help recruit new members, help with any unfilled positions, keep current on all PTO activities (committees, events, etc.), review Treasurer’s reports, help new volunteers with their position, provide assistance for incoming Vice-President.
Secretary – (1 person, 4 hours a month). Responsible for taking minutes during each meeting, prepare the minutes for approval at the next meeting, prepare sign-in sheet and copies of minutes for meeting attendees, retain hard/electronic copies of minutes, send minutes to be posted on Ferry website, handle any correspondence to/from PTO to share at meetings, handle sympathy/thank you notes, provide assistance for incoming Secretary.
Treasurer – (1 person, about 6 hours a month). Responsible for keeping an accurate financial record of all incoming/outgoing PTO financial transactions, be the custodian of funds needed to run the PTO, make sure that the budget is being followed during the year, attend the monthly PTO meeting to present a monthly Budget Report to attendees, make deposits to the PTO account, distribute checks for payments from the PTO account, obtain a second signature (usually President or Vice-President) on all checks, keep all financial records/forms, lead the budget development process in the spring (to be presented at the September PTO meeting), present financial records for any audits, provide assistance for the incoming Treasurer.
Fundraising Chairperson – (1 Chair – 1 hour a month). Responsible for planning/organizing/running fundraising events (restaurant nights, Fun Run, etc.).
Nominating Chairperson – (1 Chair, 4 hours for the school year). Responsible for finding parents to fill PTO positions for the coming school year.
Social Activities – Parent Liaison – (1 Chair, 4 hours for the school year). Responsible for communicating with the room parents to convey information from the PTO.
Public Relations – (1 Chair, 10 hours for the school year). Post information from the PTO and Ferry on social media/flyers/emails sent home.
Social Activities – Parent Appreciation – (1 Chair, 4 hours for the school year). Plan a thank you event and send thank you notes to parent volunteers for the school year.
PTO Council Observer – (1 Chair, 10 hours for the school year). Responsible for attending the monthly district PTO Council meeting and reporting to the Ferry PTO at the next monthly meeting.
GPPS Board Observer – (1 Chair, 15 hours for the school year). Responsible for watching or attending the GPPS Board meetings and reporting to the Ferry PTO at the next monthly meeting.
Purchases and Acquisitions – (1 Chair, 5 hours for the school year). Responsible for researching and reporting to the PTO about any possible use of funds for school purchases.
Lunchroom Coordinator/Volunteers – (1 hour a day to volunteer at lunch, Coordinator works about 1 hour a month scheduling volunteers).
Trunk or Treat – (About 6 hours total, 2 Chairs needed) Takes place in October in the Ferry parking lot and gym. The Chairs organize the event (flyers out, reserve the school space needed, buy decorations, sign-up families to decorate their vehicles, find volunteers to help at the event).
Book Fair – (2 Chairs needed, 2 hours of planning and time working at the Book Fair will vary). Takes place during conference week in November. The Chairs coordinate the event with Scholastic and the school, sign-up volunteers to work, help set up and take down.
Box Tops – (1 or 2 Chairs, 1 hours a month) Responsible for the collection, organization, and reporting on any Box Tops collected.
Mother/Son Event – (1 or 2 chairs, about 6 hours). Responsible for planning and running the event, usually held in March or April.
Daddy/Daughter Dance – (2 Chairs, about 6 hours). Responsible for planning and running the dance, usually held early in May.
Directory – (1 or 2 Chairs, about 6 to 8 hours). Responsible for organizing the sale and distribution of the school directory.
Holiday Event – (2 chairs needed, 2 hours of planning in addition to the time at the event – about 3-4 hours). Takes place early in December. The Chairs decide on a theme and organize the events (Santa picture, food, crafts, etc.).
Family Fun Nights – (2 chairs needed, 2 hours of planning in addition to the time at the event – about 3 hours). Takes place in the winter (January or February or March). The Chairs decide on the theme and organize a vendor or bring the necessary materials for the event (science night, math night, game night, etc.).
Ice Cream Social – (3 chairs ideally to split the responsibilities of organizing the Tin Can Raffle and the ICS events – 15 hours if a Tin Can Raffle is being included). This takes place in early June (Friday). The Chairs solicit donations from area businesses (Feb. to June) and online for the Tin Can Raffle. Events are scheduled (inflatable’s, face painting, etc.) for the ICS. A sign-up for volunteers is created and the Tin Can prizes are organized into baskets.
Fishlies Running Club – (2 Chairs, 1 hour a week after school). The Chairs advertise the running club and sign-up students. They typically meet once a week to jog and play games involving running/motion.
Beautification – (2 Chairs, 7 hours for the whole year). The Chairs advertise and organize days (usually in the fall and spring) to gather volunteers to weed flowerbeds, add mulch, plant flowers, etc.
Clinic Coordinator/Volunteer (1 Chair, less than 1 hour a month). The Coordinator organizes the volunteers and the schedule to help staff the school’s clinic. The volunteer works 1 to 2 hours depending on their availability.
Birthday Books (1 Chair, about 1 hours a month). Responsible for meeting with the principal once a month to help distribute birthday books to students.
Kroger Cards (1 Chair, about 2 hours per year). The Chair notifies/reminds families to sign-up for the Kroger Rewards program with emails, flyers, announcements.
Shoparoo/Amazon Smile Program (1 Chair, about 2 hours per year). The Chair notifies/reminds families to sign-up and use the Shoparoo App with emails, flyers, and announcements.
Staff Appreciation (2 Chairs, 7 hours total). The Chairs organize a luncheon to recognize the Ferry staff during Teacher Appreciation Week.
Lunchtime Enrichment Coordinator/Volunteer (1 chair, finds volunteers to teach a lunchtime enrichment class in February. Volunteer chooses the topic of the class to teach for about 30 minutes for 5 weeks (Lego’s, board games, crafts, etc.).
Roving Volunteer – If you would like to help at different events, but do not wish to Chair, sign-up as a Roving Volunteer and you’ll be contacted before events.